Sheila Noakes, Baroness Noakes
Education and early career
Sheila Masters was educated at Eltham Hill Grammar School, followed by the University of Bristol, where she studied Law. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant and became a partner in Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co, which is now part of KPMG. For three years from 1988, she was seconded to the National Health Service where she modernised its financial management.
In 1999 she became the first female President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. At the same time, she was a non-executive director of the Bank of England and a governor of the London Business School, while still overseeing privatisations and other public sector work at KPMG. Trade journal Accountancy Age described her as "the country's most high profile accountant".
Baroness Noakes was the Opposition spokesperson for the Treasury (2003-2010), Work and Pensions (2001-2006) and Health (2001-2003). In January 2006 she moved, with Lord Phillips, an amendment to the Identity Cards bill which led to it being defeated in the House of Lords and sent back to the House of Commons.
She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1996 Birthday Honours, and created a life peer as Baroness Noakes, of Goudhurst in the County of Kent on 7 June 2000.
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